Browns looking for consistency (the winning kind)

Steve Doerschuk

The Browns jet to Oakland today, still soaring on their bolt out of the blue against Cincinnati.

Hoping for a strong encore for Sunday’s 51-45 win over the Bengals, offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski covered some key points before a final tuneup practice in Ohio.

Issue: The Browns were as awful in the opener as they were amazing against Cincinnati.

Chudzinski: “You want to see the approach, the focus, the level of effort and all the things that go into it be consistent. I feel the same way. The results will come if you have those things. ... Every week, we’re going to have some different wrinkles. Some will be a little more noticeable than others.”

Issue: After losing a preseason battle to Charlie Frye, QB Derek Anderson “looked like John Elway,” according to Oakland head coach Lane Kiffin.

Chudzinski: “He can throw the football, has a good arm and sees the field well. I think consistency will be the key.”

Issue: Braylon Edwards produced career highs for catches and yards against the Bengals.

Chudzinski: “Braylon wants to be a great player. He’s improved his effort in blocking, his details in his routes and how he runs routes.”

Issue: Jamal Lewis rushed for 216 yards, second-best in his 93 NFL games.

Chudzinski: “We want to be balanced. That doesn’t just mean we throw it as much as we run it. It means we can throw when we need to throw it, and we can run it when we need to run it. That goes back to us growing as a team, understanding that there may be days when Jamal has a big day, days when Braylon has a big day and days when Kellen (Winslow) has a big day. It’s not always going to be that they’re all on the same day.”

Issue: Oakland’s defense is off to a slow start but returns all 11 starters from a unit that ranked near the top of the league last year.

Chudzinski: “They’re going to put extra guys up in there (against the run). They get great pass rush and push out of their front four. They can cover guys man-to-man all over the field. It’s going to be a heck of a challenge.”

Issue: The line blocked for a 216-yard rusher (Lewis) and didn’t allow a sack against the Bengals.

Chudzinski: “They’ve done a heck of a job, considering in camp they hadn’t played together an awful lot. I like their attitude. They’re energetic. They enjoy playing football, and they’re fun to be around.”

Issue: Winslow had his first 100-yard game as a Brown.

Chudzinski: “He’s a unique guy. He allows you to do some things (outside) your conventional-type thought process. That gives us an advantage.”

Issue: Downfield blocking could help Lewis have a monster year in that it helped him to a monster game. Chudzinski, tight ends coach Alfredo Roberts and Winslow all are former University of Miami tight ends.

Chudzinski: “I’m proud of how Kellen has taken pride in his blocking. Alfredo Roberts has done a great job harping on him from Day 1, working his technique. (But) with a lot of these guys, it’s not like we’ve arrived. We’re a work in progress. We need to get better.”

Quick Change

The players liked the Browns new offensive coaches even before last Sunday’s Bengal bashing.

Lewis came off the awful Week 1 Pittsburgh game saying, “Trust me. We had a great game plan. We just didn’t get to use it.”

In Sunday’s 51-45 win, Cincinnati found itself in too few gang-tackling situations against Lewis, who rushed for 216 yards. Chudzinski offset runs with passes even when the game got tight.

“It shows you what kind of coaches we have,” Lewis said. “When they threw something at us, we adjusted.”

OSU to Oakland

Oakland will turn to an Ohio State guy if defensive end Derrick Burgess (NFL-best 27 sacks since 2005) doesn’t recover from a leg injury in time.

The 6-foot-6 Jay Richardson is a rookie Round 5 pick who became a Buckeye starter as a 2006 senior. Even if Burgess is ready, head coach Lane Kiffin said, “Jay will play a lot, most likely.” Oakland kept Richardson and cut defensive end Quentin Moses, the first pick of this year’s third round.

Richardson tipped a Jay Cutler pass to force an interception at Denver last Sunday.

“(Burgess) is a Pro Bowler,” Richardson told Bay-area writers. “I’m just looking to fill in.”

Richardson (Dublin Scioto) was an Ohio high school rival of Brady Quinn (Dublin Coffman).

Medical Report

Look for newly acquired Scott Player to punt and hold on kicks at Oakland. Dave Zastudil is listed as doubtful with the back problem that knocked him out of the Pittsburgh game. Defensive back Gary Baxter likewise is listed as doubtful.

Safety Brodney Pool is questionable as he recovers from a concussion. He is expected to fly to Oakland and be evaluated Sunday morning.

Cornerback Leigh Bodden is questionable with a groin injury. Linebacker Antwan Peek (foot) got stronger as the week progressed and is listed as probable.

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